Austria: Witnesses recount deadly gas hub explosion and fire

A firefighter, an emergency worker, a gas company officer and an eye-witness gave their accounts of the explosion and fire that killed one and injured 21 at Austria's main gas hub in Baumgarten an der March, just east of Vienna, Tuesday. Fire Brigade Commander Dietmar Fahrafellner said the fire’s flames rose up to 100 metres (328ft) in height and that they burned cars as far as 300 metres (984ft... Еще) away from the initial site. Austrian Red Cross worker Sonja Kellner said that of the 21 injured, 20 suffered light injuries and one suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. Andreas Rinofner, PR Officer for Gas Connect Austria — the company that owns the gas plant — explained the importance of the plant for Austria and the European market, adding that the incident had “international relevance.” The Baumgarten gas hub is one of Europe's most important gas hubs for receiving Russian and Norwegian natural gas. Roughly 40 billion cubic metres of natural gas is transported through the hub each year. The cause of Tuesday’s blast is as of yet unclear.

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